What Defines You as an Author?
There are many things that define an author.
Voice – Each author has his/her own voice. Certain distinctive patterns in one’s writing can identify them, making them stand out from the rest. Some authors use humor, others use surprise, shock or the unusual.
Genre – Do you write in one genre or multi-genes? The type of genres can define you as an author. Some authors are known for their rhythmic cadence in children’s books. Others excel in middle-grade, young adult fantasy, or adult subjects. Just write in the genres that touch your heart.
Focus – As an author you need to focus on what is important to you. Your focus can define you. Hone your craft and write daily in some form whether it be in a blog, creating a story or just jotting down some thoughts. The more you focus on writing the better you will become as a writer and author.
Goal – Whatever you endeavor to do in life you must first have a goal. Reaching your goal(s) will define you as a successful author. Define this/these goal(s) by asking yourself these questions.
1. What do I want to achieve?
2. How do I do this?
3. Where do I begin?
4. Will this make me happy?
Character – Your character is a part of you as an author. It defines you. It shines through to others as they read your work. Some authors put some of themselves in their books. Others use their life experiences, tragedies, joys to build their stories. The more you put of your own character into your books the more alive your books will be. You will be more successful in reaching your target audience. For, who knows us better than we know ourselves?
You can put these in alphabetical order to better remember them.
As an author I find when I begin a new story I draw from my background, people I have met or seen, places I traveled or studied about and life experiences. I put myself into the story by acting out each scene as if I was in it. I laugh. I cry. I scream (not too loud). I act frightened, outraged or just incredulous over what I am taking part in order to infuse emotion into the scenes. In other words, I am an integral part of the story as I draw from my own experiences. I find this works for me but can be annoying to my husband who may be in earshot of my ramblings!
It is always easier and more authentic if one writes about what he/she knows. Otherwise, there will be tons of Googling to learn about things one doesn’t know about. There is nothing wrong, however, with learning something new every day. This keeps an author fresh and interesting as a person and as a writer.
Whatever you plan to do in your writing, please remember to do what makes you happy. Don’t worry about what others say. Don’t let those pesky 1 or 2 star reviews discourage you from living your dream. We can’t all be J K Rowling but we can be the best we can be through hard work, determination and perseverance.
Keep on writing! Readers out there, please keep on reading! We authors need you and love to hear from you! I enjoy hearing feedback on all my books.
Remember: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY!
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